South Florida Intercoastal

Faces in the Industry: Bob Denison

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Aug 27, 2021 Fri

Tell us where you are from, what brought you to Florida, and how long you’ve lived here.
I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale and have decided to never leave. I didn’t realize how sad this sounded until I read it a second time. My formative years were spent hanging around Broward and Denison Marine acting like I knew how to build boats. It wasn’t until I was the age of 9 my dad informed me I wasn’t actually in charge of anything. I spent the rest of the summer sweeping up piles of aluminum shavings.
Where do you work, what is your job title, and what does your job entail?
I now work at Denison Yachting. We help clients buy, sell and charter yachts. We also have a yacht management and crew division. We have 22 offices in the U.S. and I am lucky to have about 150 of the very best people in the industry supporting us. With the Title of President, I sometimes feel like I’m in charge, but my dad and 2 uncles will still ask me to sweep something up for them. Of course, I always say yes.
How did you initially become interested in the marine industry?
Sort of being born into the marine industry, I’ve always had an interest. My involvement on a daily basis is always morphing. If I’m honest with myself, I’m in the industry as a result of a wicked cocktail of passion, family obligation and fiscal opportunity. This cocktail has led me to some crazy people and places. I’m very sincerely grateful for all of it.
What is your favorite or most valuable benefit of membership in MIASF?
The MIASF was the very first Association I ever joined. My dad told me it was the place to network, share ideas and be a part of something bigger than our company, and much bigger than myself. He was right.
Describe any other community organizations or events with which you are involved?
I’m also very involved with YPO Miami and the International Yacht Brokers Association.
Tell us about your hobbies and the kinds of things you do for fun.
The fun things I do these days is centered around trying to impress my 4 kids and make them laugh to the point of throwing-up. This usually involves pranking mom, cannonballs in the pool and terrorizing our neighborhood on our very old blue golf cart.